A Leo Trippi Guide to St Tropez

The Balcony at Villa Duplex - St. TropezThe fabulous French Riviera has been attracting the international glitterati for decades, thanks to a combination of local charm, fantastic weather and a wealth of luxurious facilities. Brigitte Bardot was discovered here and this town also played a central role in liberating southern France in World War II and that about sums up the appeal of this beautiful, glamorous and yet feisty corner of France.

The beaches in and around St Tropez are beautiful, from infamous Pampelonne beach with its classy beach clubs, to the tiny charm of the Plages La Glaye and the spectacular Maures Mountain views from Plage de la Bouillabaisse. Thanks to this coastal location there are plenty of water sports on offer here, from water skiing, fishing and boating through to kayaking, jet skiing, or simply sailing your yacht through the azure seas near the coast. The Péninsule villa is in a prime location for making the most of the views of this stunning coastline, with uninterrupted horizons made up of the sea, the sky and the Alps. The villa sleeps nine and has its own pool and gardens, contemporary chic interiors and plenty of room for stylish entertaining.

The St Tropez harbourside encompasses the relaxed, yet glamorous, vibe of this area with a jumble of warmly coloured buildings providing refreshment to those watching the yachts come and go. The town is well known for its high end shopping and entertaining, achingly hip nightspots and lots of sophisticated or chi chi local bars in which to enjoy a Pastis as the sun goes down. In addition, the area is well known for the restaurant Résidence de la Pinède – which was recently awarded its third Michelin Star. Chef Arnaud Donckele offers visitors an exquisite fine dining experience, with stand out seafood dishes and sourcing only the finest ingredients. The Duplex, St Tropez Village is located right in the heart of St Tropez Village, just a short walk from the shops, harbourside and all the town’s delights. It has its own sun terrace, three bedrooms and luxury interiors that reflect the St Tropézien allure all around.

The Place des Lices Market is a great way to experience the dusty, vibrant heart of the town’s ancient life and there are local landmarks such as the Citadelle of St. Tropez and the Eglise Notre-Dame de l’Assomption. Villa Barbara is located within walking distance of Place des Lices and is in a calm, relaxing environment but without the comotion that can sometimes accompany more centrally located properties. For those who just want to get away from it all with just the sea, the sky and the green for company, then a property such as the La Chenoiserie is the ideal option. Comfortably sleeping eight people, the villa is beautifully furnished, with its own pool and sea views, as well as convenient proximity to the local golf clubs.